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February 3, 2021
Harnessing the COVID-19 Response Towards Hepatitis C Elimination
Webinar / Presentation
On February 3, 2021, TAG, Médecins du Monde, hepCoalition, and the UNITE network presented a virtual policy dialogue among policymakers, global civil society organizations, and community leaders who share how COVID-19 has impacted global hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination efforts.

February 1, 2021
Harnessing the COVID-19 Response Towards Hepatitis C Elimination
Statement / Press
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, Treatment Action Group, Médecins du Monde, hepCoalition, and the UNITE network convene a virtual policy dialogue among parliamentarians, global civil society organizations, and community leaders to share how COVID-19 has impacted global hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination efforts.

February 1, 2021
Hepatitis C and COVID-19 Global Concerns: Sustained Financing and Expanded Access to Testing and Pangenotypic Treatments Needed to Recover the Path to Elimination
Publication
This policy brief highlights strategies that leverage the COVID-19 response towards improving access to HCV diagnostics, treatment, and care.

January 26, 2021
TAG/COVID-19 Prevention Network: HIV, COVID-19 Outcomes and Implications for COVID-19 Vaccines
Webinar / Presentation
Join TAG and COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) On Tuesday February 2nd at 4pm ET / 1pm PT, at a webinar for community advocates on COVID-19 outcomes in people living with HIV and implications for COVID-19 vaccines.

December 16, 2020
TAG and COVID-19 Prevention Network Fall 2020 Webinars
Webinar / Presentation
TAG is hosting a series of webinars on COVID-19 biomedical prevention research in collaboration with the CoVPN. Information and videos from the first two events may be found on this page.

December 11, 2020
US FDA COVID Vaccine Authorization Important Step Toward Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic
Statement / Press
Today’s decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to grant an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine is an important step toward bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control in the United States.

December 2, 2020
Investment in HIV Research Profoundly Benefits the COVID-19 Response
Publication
This policy brief discusses how investment in HIV research has profoundly benefitted the COVID-19 response, and advocates that continued financial support for HIV science can both ensure progress on COVID-19 and avoid losing ground—and lives—in the fight to end the HIV epidemic.

November 16, 2020
Efficacy News from Second COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Underscores Need for Transparency and Cooperation Between Outgoing and Incoming US Administrations
Statement / Press
AVAC and Treatment Action Group (TAG) welcome today’s announcement that preliminary data from the efficacy trial of Moderna’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine indicate high-level of protection against COVID-19.

November 12, 2020
COVID-19 and Impacted Communities: A Media Communications Guide
Publication
This easy-to-use guide is designed to provide journalists and communication professionals the tools needed to ensure accurate reporting and curb any related stigma associated with the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, also known and reported as COVID-19. We invite you to use this to inform your own writing and to share it…

November 9, 2020
Treatment Action Group and AVAC Statement on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Announcement
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group (TAG) and AVAC welcome today’s announcement that preliminary data from the efficacy trial of Pfizer/BioNTech’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine indicates a high level of protection against COVID-19. Our organizations urge caution, however, given the very limited information that is available only through a company press release.

November 9, 2020
TAG Welcomes the Election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala D. Harris
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group (TAG) congratulates President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their ascension to the highest offices of the United States. Their victory in both the popular and electoral vote is historic.

October 20, 2020
Treatment Action Group Comments for the FDA Advisory Committee Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccines
Letter / Comment
TAG’s comments and recommendations to the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, encompassing a broad range of community concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine development and regulatory review.

September 4, 2020
TB Research Investments Provide Returns in Combating Both TB and COVID-19
Publication
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to radically shift the global health landscape and alter government/donor commitments, TAG has released this timely brief to explore the impact of COVID-19 on TB research and development (R&D), and how tools, concepts, capacity, and infrastructure established through years of public and donor investments in…

August 6, 2020
Treatment Action Group Regrets NYC Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot’s Resignation
Statement / Press
Treatment Action Group, the New York City-based research, policy, and advocacy organization, deplores the August 4, 2020 departure of New York’s Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, MD.

July 27, 2020
Community Letter on COVID-19 Data Transparency and CDC Reform
Letter / Comment
TAG signed this letter from HIV organizations strongly recommending that the Administration reverse its decision to bypass the CDC in the collection & analysis of COVID-19 patient data, and that CDC internally address a culture of institutional racism described in a letter from 1,200 CDC employees to Dir. Robert Redfield.

July 27, 2020
Letter to the NIH Demanding Inclusion of People with HIV in Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Trials and Development Programs
Letter / Comment
TAG endorsed this letter to the NIH demanding that people with HIV (PLHIV) be included in the Moderna mRNA-1273 Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial and all COVID-19 vaccine development programs.

July 27, 2020
Ensuring Universal Access to COVID-19 Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
Publication
TAG and the Center for Economic and Social Rights produced this joint publication, as part of CESR’s COVID-19 “Recovering Rights” series of briefs.

July 23, 2020
Civil Rights Groups, Health Advocates, and Public Defenders Celebrate Passage of Legislation to Protect Contact Tracing Data from Law Enforcement
Statement / Press
TAG is one of the organizations who supports confidentiality in contact tracing and is applauding the passage of this legislation. As TAG’s State and Local Policy Director Annette Gaudino says in this statement, “There can be no effective contact tracing without trust.”

July 17, 2020
Statement on Human Challenge Studies for COVID-19 Vaccine Development
Statement / Press
Two recent developments have brought renewed publicity to proposals to conduct human challenge studies to test COVID-19 vaccine candidates: an open letter from the organization 1DaySooner and media reports that Adrian Hill’s Oxford University research group is planning a challenge study, taking advantage of the lack of regulatory oversight of…

July 7, 2020
Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Say U.S. Withdrawal from WHO Is Reckless Act That Could Delay Americans’ Access to COVID-19 Solutions and Prolong Global Pandemic
Statement / Press
AVAC, Health GAP and the Treatment Action Group (TAG) strongly condemn the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO).

June 26, 2020
Public Health Organizations Call on NYC Board of Health to Declare Racism and Over-Policing of Black and Latinx New Yorkers a Public Health Emergency
Statement / Press
Several prominent community health organizations with decades of experience in HIV/AIDS advocacy today served the New York City Board of Health with a formal petition calling for an emergency meeting to address racism and over-policing of Black and Latinx communities as concurrent, city-wide public health emergencies.

June 25, 2020
Petition to NYC Board of Health to Commence Emergency Rulemaking to Make Concrete Rules to End Racism As Public Health Peril
Letter / Comment
On June 25, 2020, the National Black Leadership Commission on Health, the Latino Commission on AIDS, Housing Works, and TAG petitioned the New York City Board of Health to institute concrete rules to end racism as a public health crisis in New York City. TAG and partners called on the…

June 23, 2020
Letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Regarding COVID-19 and the Right to Science
Letter / Comment
TAG sent this letter calling on the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Human Rights Council (HRC) to explicitly acknowledge the human rights dimensions of science and reaffirm the right of everyone to participate in and enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications…

June 18, 2020
Treatment Action Group Commemorates Juneteenth through Solidarity Actions, Reflection, and Transparency
Statement / Press
Tomorrow, Treatment Action Group (TAG) will be observing and honoring Juneteenth—a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States—through a day of solidarity, actions, and reflection.

June 12, 2020
Podcast with Dr. Madhukar Pai: TB Diagnostics Advocacy in the Context of COVID-19
On this podcast, Dr. Madhukar Pai describes the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed and limited access to TB diagnostic testing, and how all stakeholders must step-up efforts to mitigate these impacts and ensure that TB diagnostic testing is not abandoned in the response to COVID-19.

May 19, 2020
TAG Testimony to NY City Council on Plan for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing
Webinar / Presentation
On May 15, TAG Executive Director Mark Harrington presented this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on and Health and the New York Council Committee on Hospitals on Oversight: NYC’s Plan for COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing.

May 15, 2020
Appeal to UAE Authorities to Release Prisoners with HIV Vulnerable to COVID-19
Letter / Comment
On May 18th, TAG and 46 other organizations and individuals – including the Stop TB Partnership, Global Coalition of TB Activists, and regional networks of people living with HIV, people affected by TB, and people who use drugs – are sending this letter to authorities in the United Arab Emirates…

May 13, 2020
Petition to Require Mayor DeBlasio to Restore Contact Tracing Authority and Responsibility Back to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Letter / Comment
A group of New York City community and public health leaders called on NY State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to exercise his authority under NY State Public Health Law and in compliance with the New York State Sanitary Code, the New York City Charter, New York City Health Code…

May 13, 2020
SARS-CoV-2 Serological Testing: What Is It and What Does It Mean?
ICAP at Columbia, TAG, and the COVID-19 Working Group – New York presented this webinar on May 13, 2020.  

May 7, 2020
Letter to NYC Government Officials About Reported de Blasio Plan to Put Health + Hospitals in Contact Tracing Leadership Role
Letter / Comment
The COVID-19 Working Group New York sent this letter responding to reports that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to put Health + Hospitals in the leadership role of a new initiative of COVID-19 contact tracing, a “reckless and potentially disastrous departure from sound public health practice.”

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